The Graeme Mearns Band

Performance Reviews || Saturday, 9 December, 2006

greamemead.pngOn a wet and miserable evening in December, the last thing one wants to hear upon entering the cosy cavern that is the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh, is miserable and wet music. However that’s what greeted me last night as I turned up for the monthly “showcase for new talent” on Wednesday night in Chambers Street.

It is always a bit of a gamble when you go to a gig that is essentially an open mic for unsigned bands. Its like going to see a fringe show at the Edinburgh Festival- if you’re lucky you might just embark on the next Monty Python but so often you end up witnessing a Michael Barrymore impression.

I am getting tired hearing angst ridden females doing their best Katie Melua: ”Oh how I have loved and lost and I’m only 19!” Now the men are doing it too, showing us their sensitive side. (I blame James Blunt)

However, just as the night was turning in to a whinge fest, a breath of fresh air in the form of “The Graeme Mearns Band” took to the stage.

A male trio from Edinburgh, they have a unique sound with a style to match ( like the hats guys!). Mr. Mearns, who is a rather charismatic front man has something of the Elvis Costello about him. Despite the fact he is Irish, he sings with a slight American accent. This can often be a bit dubious, but in this case, it works.

They began their set with ballads. Clever lyrics and a strong sound progressed in to some serious rocking in the latter part of their turn. The range of sound was particularly impressive from just three instruments, an electric double base funking up any haunting tones.

Also, the suppressed aggression in his Graeme’s vocals were refreshing to hear in contrast to leads that have the tendency to scream or whine!

They are dedicated musicians who are a revelation on the Edinburgh scene, which can be a bit jaded when compared to the likes of Glasgow. Playing again on the 22nd of December in Henry’s Cellar Bar, they are definitely worth foregoing other Christmas plans for.

[ Band Website ]

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